The amyl nitrite expectancy questionnaire for men who have sex with men (AEQ-MSM): a measure of substance related beliefs

Mullens, Amy B. and Young, Ross and Dunne, Michael P. and Norton, Graham (2011) The amyl nitrite expectancy questionnaire for men who have sex with men (AEQ-MSM): a measure of substance related beliefs. Substance Use & Misuse, 46 (13). pp. 1642-1650. ISSN 1082-6084


A measure of perceived reinforcement associated with amyl nitrite was developed and evaluated among gay and bisexual men. This is the first known expectancy measure to date for this drug class. The Amyl Nitrite Expectancy Questionnaire for Men who have Sex with Men (AEQ-MSM) was completed online by 102 gay and bisexual men, between 2006 and 2008 in Queensland, Australia. The AEQ-MSM demonstrated good psychometric properties and was associated with consumption patterns. Factor analysis revealed three distinct reinforcement domains: 'Enhanced sexual desire and pleasure,' 'Disorientation,' and 'Sexual negotiation.' Limitations include sampling via self-selection, recruitment through health centers and self-report data. Implications for sexual activity and risk-taking, including reducing associated harm (e.g., HIV transmission), and future directions are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 23:46
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: amyl nitrite expectancies; amyl nitrite use; poppers; reinforcement from amyl nitrite; factor analysis; online questionnaire; gay/bisexual
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2011.599096

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